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Does the collision of India influence the geology and geography of some of the other mountains of Asia, or just the Himalayas and Tibet?

This here is a nice and lovely map of Asia. Note that the teardrop-shaped Tibetan Plateau dominates the map, and we have India to thank. For the last 50 million years, it has been pushing upwards, ...
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Why are symmetrical three-sided pyramidal peaks so common?

High alpine pyramidal peaks formed by cirque-carving glaciers very commonly (not always) have three nearly symmetrical faces and corresponding ridges spaced roughly 120 deg. apart. This is easily ...
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Volcanic Cones - Fissure Type [closed]

Can volcanic cones, similar to the one shown below form from fissure type of volcanoes?
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Water flows under the headwater and soil liquefaction has formed

A retaining wall 40 cm thick with variable height (thin-walled corner) is being built in the mountainous area. At the time of the geotechnical survey and design, there was no reservoir next to the ...
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How do the Andes get so high?

I'm interested in the limiting factors on the height of mountains. There is a very good explanation at https://www.quora.com/How-tall-can-a-mountain-become-on-Earth-Neil-deGrasse-Tyson-says-Mount-...
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How did Mount Evans become a mountain?

Multiple websites state that the mountain, which is in Colorado, was formed by an intrusion of magma about 1.4 billion years ago, forming a batholith. On the other hand, the rocky mountains are said ...
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Why is Olympus Mons the largest volcano in the whole solar system?

Why is it that the volcanoes found in the Tharsis Montes region near the Martian equator, (one of which is Olympus Mons) so much larger than those found on Earth. In comparison, Hawaii's Mauna Loa, ...
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Could the speed in which the plate is moving affect how quickly mountains rise?

In an episode of History Channel's How the Earth Was Made, there was a remark when India left the rest of Gondwana 80 million years ago only to collide with mainland Asia 50.5 million years ago. The ...
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How does a subduction zone form mountains?

When an oceanic plate goes under a continental plate are the resulting mountains a result of the melting and then rising of the oceanic plate or are the mountains formed by the continental plate being ...
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What is the History of the Brooks Range?

This here is a map of the Brooks Range in northern Alaska: As you can see, it is an inland range shaped in a downward curve. Why is that? What is the history of the uplift of the Brooks Range? How ...
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Ages of the Andean Cordilleras

What is the timing of the rise of the Andes, especially if focused on the chronosequence differences among (Western, Central, Eastern) Cordilleras uplift.
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Which type of convergent boundary creates the tallest mountains? [closed]

Which type of convergent boundary creates the tallest mountains? Continental-Continental Ocean-Ocean Ocean-Continental
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Why is Massanutten mountain so dramatically different than surrounding mountains?

See this aerial view from google maps. Massanutten is in the foreground, as straight as an arrow. The Appalachians are on either side, looking like more typical mountains, zig-zagging with ...
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How high can a mountain possibly get?

Mount Everest is 8,848 metres (29,028 feet) above sea level and is the result of a continental plate smashing into another continental plate. Can a tectonic process build a mountain that's even higher?...
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Why are parts of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco flat?

A couple of months ago I traveled into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Many times I have seen pictures of landmarks like this one of Aït Benhaddou which show apparently unnaturally flat mountain ...
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Which mountains are rising?

The Himalayas are rising--as many people have heard. What other mountain ranges are still rising at a rate faster than they are being worn down by erosion?
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The geology of local landscapes and small scale features

I'm learning geology to understand the processes behind the formation of my local landscape. I understand the processes behind big features, such as mountains. But I'm struggling to understand the ...
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Shouldn't India Get an Uplift Too?

For the past 50 million years, India has been crashing into mainland Asia, creating the Himalayan range and uplifting Tibet, north of the mountains, to a current average height of 4500 meters above ...
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What is this strange formation near Râmnicu Vâlcea?

So I was browsing Google Earth the other day and I found this strange formation near Râmnicu Vâlcea, at about 45°07'N 24°16'E It's an almost circular region, about 40 km in diameter which to my eyes ...
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Continental collision – evidence left of river mouths and estuaries along the boundary?

Are there any examples of now completely landlocked former river mouths or estuaries that became so after continental collision? As an example, consider the closure of the ocean between India and the ...
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What is the tectonic setting for the formation of the Great Dividing Range in Australia?

Australia's Great Dividing Range is the largest mountain range on the continent, running down the length of the eastern part of the continent, as shown in the Geoscience Australia map as a dark line, ...
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What were the tallest mountain ranges in Earth's geological past?

There have been numerous episodes of mountain building in Earth's geological history, particularly through the super-continent cycle. Many mountains and mountain ranges have been eroded, as mentioned ...
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